Mikhail Prokhorov

Brook Lopez is happy to get his shot with the Lakers

Brook Lopez is happy to get his shot with the Lakers

Growing up, Brook Lopez often had trouble getting into the paint.

“I had two older brothers so I couldn’t really drive into the paint at all or they would just block my shot — they weren’t very nice older brothers,” Lopez said. “I had to learn how to score other ways and one of those ways was shooting from outside.”

Now 29 years old and seven feet tall, he’s doing both himself — shooting from outside and blocking other people’s shots. On Wednesday the Lakers focused on the present as they held Lopez’s introductory news conference. General manager Rob Pelinka presented his No. 11 jersey and heaped praise upon his leadership ability and his play. In turn, Lopez introduced his...

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